Ship comes through

USS LST-325, a World War II military ship, passed through Scottsboro Tuesday.

A bit of history traveled the water ways through Scottsboro Tuesday. The World War II-era USS LST-325 came down the Tennessee River on its way to Chattanooga, Tennessee, where it will be docked at Ross’s Landing until Aug. 27.

The LST — which stands for landing ship, tank — is an amphibious vessel designed to land battle-ready tanks, troops and supplies directly onto enemy shores.

Launched in October 1942, the LST, according to reports, made 43 trips between England and France between June 1944 and April 1945. The ship landed on Omaha Beach in Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944 and was also at Utah, Gold, Juno and the city of Rouen on the Seine River.

Twice the ship carried loads of ammunition from Omaha Beach to St. Michel on the western shore of the Cotentin peninsula for the Army besieging the port city of Brest.

On Dec. 28, 1944, the LST-325 helped rescue approximately 700 men from the troop transport S.S. Empire Javelin, which had been torpedoed off the coast of France.

The ship’s home port is in Evansville, Indiana. Each year, it sets sail on a cruise. After Chattanooga, it will head to Decatur.

In Chattanooga, tours will be available daily from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 6-17 and free for children under 5. World War II and Korean War veterans get in free, as well as active members.

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